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31st August - Double Public Lectures at QUB - Subject: Cosmology - see article

16-19 Sept - International Meteor Conference - Armagh Observatory

22nd Sept - First meeting of the season at QUB - as usual a packed season of 14 lectures and the 10 minute talks with something for everyone. Meetings start at 7:30pm sharp - alternate Wednesdays until April.

13th October - WWT Castle Espie – Evening Observing with Mobile Planetarium


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Perseid Party - 12th August

An excellent IAA Perseid Party was enjoyed by around 100 
enthusiastic observers on the night of the 12th of August.  After a
 fry-up, everyone settled down with blankets and sun-loungers 
while the skies darkened. The weather was superb, with 
beautifully clear and transparent skies thanks to a 2 day old 
moon which didn't interfere, and it wasn't long before the 
first Perseids were observed. 

Several bright fireballs were greeted with gasps of joy 
(and other noises!) and numerous fainter meteorites were 
observed skimming the horizon as the radiant got higher in the sky.
A big thank you to our president Phillip Baxter for the excellent PR campaign on radio and TV for making this event such a great success, roll on next year!. Report: David Stewart.

Images: David Stewart

Image: Philip Baxter

Solar Day 2

In the second of our Solar Days this Summer, we will again be showing visitors the Sun through specially filtered telescopes. Also, the Mobile Planetarium will also be set up inside the center and there will be Star shows as well as Astronomy lectures inside the Dome. We will also have the use of the compressed air rocket launching pad. Make your rocket on our workbench and win a prize for the rocket that travels the furthest. Great fun. All welcome.

Venue: NT Mount Stewart, off the A20 nr Newtownards, Co Down.

Time; Sunday 22nd August 1400 - 1730.

NT Admission charges apply.


ISS passes visible from Northern Ireland

From August 25th onward it will be possible to see the International Space Station as it passes to the South of Belfast at 17500mph. For those who have not seen this before it is a wonderful spectacle - the more so now that the ISS is essentially complete and can now rival Venus as the brightest object in the sky apart frrom the Sun and the Moon!

For further information on timing etc, see Heavens-Above here...


Image: Paul Evans

IAA / QUB Double Public Lectures

In association with Queen's University we proudly present an evening of lectures by two of the world's leading experts in cosmology, discussing the origin and ultimate fate of the Universe. Details as follows:-

The Great Cosmic Puzzle

Tuesday 31st August 2010    7.15 - 9.00 pm

Queen’s University Belfast, Larmor Lecture Theatre  (School of Maths and Physics)

“From the Big Bang to Our Universe”

Prof.Carlos Frenk FRS (Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University)


“The Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy”

Prof. Chris Stubbs (Harvard University)

Further details here....

Free admission (pre-booking is required) - email us at iaaastro@gmail.com giving your name and no of tickets required - we will hold these for you on the door. Alternatively call QUB School of Maths & Physics on 02890-973941 or 02890-973219 during business hours.

IAA ‘Snap the Logo’ Competition

This is a simple competition anyone can enter over the holiday period!

Simply download an image of the I.A.A. LOGO and take an unusual or quirky snap incorporating the logo. It could be with a personality, up in a hot air balloon, underwater - the choice is yours. The photograph that raises awareness of the Association and produces some publicity may get extra points! The winning entry will be chosen by the I.A.A. President and the prize will be a £25.00 book token. The winner will be announced the October meeting.

How to enter.

Take your photograph and either ‘post’ it on the I.A.A. forum at www.irishastro.org, or e-mail it to iaaphil@googlemail.com


Entries to be received by 30/09/10.

No Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc. to be used.

Only one entry per person, so pick your best!

All entries, including the winning one, are free for use by the I.A.A. for display in our magazine ‘Stardust’, as well as on our web page or in any other I.A.A. publication.

Good Luck!

Revised Membership Rates

Regrettably due to rising costs we have had to increase the subscriptions for IAA membership. For the 2010/2011 season these will be as follows:-

Single membership: £20 or €25

Family Membership (all members of a family at one address): £25 or €30

Note that this is the first rate increase in five years and still includes an unmatched programme of lectures, observing nights, other events and a subscription to our highly regarded quarterly magazine, "Stardust", delivered to your door.

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